Historically J. & S. Taylor Ltd has traditionally been associated with the production of Velour fabrics and fancy piece goods. With ever changing markets the company has gradually diversified into other sectors of the industry. We are now one of the leading manufacturers of melton fabric in the UK.

Our woollen fabric can be used for such products as school or Military uniforms and industrial protective clothing. The traditional methods of manufacture used ensure the cloth is also suitable for Historical re-enactment purposes. With our specialist knowledge we can also reproduce any woollen fabrics you may need, and we can also adapt our fabrics to meet your specifications.

Melton 550 to 730 100% Pure New Wool Teflon® available
Industrial Melton (MM2) 825 to 925 100% Pure New Wool Zirpro FR treatment
Velour 500 to 700 100% Pure New Wool Dyed to own shades
Flannel 300 to 400 100% Pure New Wool Dyed to own shades
Shetland 510 to 540 100% Pure New Wool Either natural or piece dye
Loden 560 to 590 95% Pure New Wool, 5% Polyamide Teflon® available
Bouclé 440 to 460 100% Pure New Wool Dyed to own shades

Teflon® is a treatment which fends off soil, stains and spills on wool without impacting on the fabric’s weight, look, feel, colour or breathability.

Zipro FR treatment was developed by the International Wool Secretariat, which improves flame retardance in wool fabrics.

Melton A thick and well-felted cloth with a smooth surface. The finishing processes whereby the weave is concealed and the fabric is closely cut to remove excess surface fibre followed by pressing produce this effect on the cloth. Originated in Melton Mowbray, England, which is a fox hunting area. It was first made as a hunting cloth. Used for over coating, uniform cloths of all kinds, furnishings and drapes.
Loden Its name comes from the German word Loda, which means haircloth. The fabric is traditionally dark green in colour with a laid down and pressed pile finish. It is well known for its thickness, durability and resistance to water. This is further increased with the application of the ‘Teflon’ treatment.
Kersey or Carsey. A woollen cloth made originally at Kersey in Suffolk, whence its name. Kerseys made in Suffolk and Essex are mentioned in Edward III’s time. There were various kinds: ordinary, sorting, Devonshire (called washers or wash whites) check (called “dozens”) and kerseys (called “straits”), all mentioned in the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, varying according to the texture, in length, breadth and weight of the piece, which was strictly regulated by statutes. Stow says the making of Devonshire kerseys began about 1505. Some kerseys were very fine and used for superior clothing, such as modern kerseymere, so named from the factory on the mere in Kersey. Lengths were from 18yd to 22yd., and the weight averaged 15/16 oz. per yd.
Velour A medium to heavy weight fabric, closely woven with a thick pile. It can be made using either a plain, twill or satin weave construction. It resembles velvet, but has a lower cut pile. End uses include apparel (Coats or Jackets).
Shetland Traditionally made using wool from Shetland sheep in Scotland. Now generally any wool with similar characteristics is used. The fabric is generally produced in a twill weave, with a slightly coarse and shaggy finish. Available as either yarn coloured or piece dyed cloth.
Flannel A lightweight fabric with a plain or twill weaves. End uses include lining fabric.
Broadcloth Broadcloth is a type of densely woven fabric which is extremely sturdy and very soft. Although broadcloth is not as widely used as it once was, it still has a place in the manufacture of clothing, upholstering, and in crafts. The roots of broadcloth can be found in medieval England, where weavers began to refine their techniques with the assistance of skilled craftspeople from Belgium. The original English broadcloth was made from wool, a textile material which was readily available, and the process of making the fabric was perfected with the assistance of Flemish weavers, who had limited materials to work with in their own country. Much of the broadcloth manufactured in England was exported undyed to Belgium, where it was finished in dye vats.
Bouclé This cloth derives its name from the French word for “buckled” or “ringed”. A drawn out or ringed, looped yarn is used to give the fabric its distinctive look. Fabrics are usually springy to handle on account of the highly twisted yarns used to achieve the boucle effect. End uses include coats, suits.